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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [8.8](by leave). - I move -

That this Senate recordsits high appreciation of the gift of the chair which the Government of Canada has been so graciously pleased to make to this Parliament for the use of the President of the Senate of the Commonwealth. We value it for what it is - a splendid example of the products of Canada and the handicraft of her people. We shall treasure it for what it represents - the friendly interestof the citizens of our great sister Dominion in our welfare and progress - and shall cherish it as another link binding together our peoples in common loyalty to one Throne, and as integral parts of one Empire, within which we enjoy the heritage of our great free parliamentary institutions.

As the President remarked, it is fitting that the Senate should be the recipient of a chair, from the great sister Dominion of Canada, for the use of its presiding officer. The chair reveals not only the beauty of Canada's timbers, but also the excellent craftsmanship of her artisans. It will be a constant reminder of the freedom which we and. our sister dominions enjoy within the Empire, and of our common heritage from the Mother of Parliaments. We accept the gift with a keenappreciation of the generosity of the Government of Canada. Its presence in this chamber will be a constant reminder to us that Canada and Australia are part of the one great Empire, and that both owe allegiance to the one Crown.

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